American Heritage Museum in Hudson offers interactive lessons in the history of wars – CBS Boston

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HUDSON (CBS) – About 30 miles west of Boston, there’s a museum dedicated to American wars and what it was like to fight there.

However, at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, the emphasis is not on celebrating our conflicts but on not repeating the mistakes of the past.

They do this by telling the personal stories of the men and women who were on the front lines. The museum opened in 2019, from the Revolutionary War to today, using rare relics.

President Rob Collings took us on a moving journey through time, showing us a boat that landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

“Think of the 21 guys who were here. They were sitting on this boat for hours and hours waiting for this wave to land,” Collings told WBZ-TV.

A boat used in the D-Day invasion at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson. (WBZ-TV)

The museum received several of these amazing artifacts as gifts from Jacques Littlefield after his death in 2009.

Here it’s about mixing technology with personal stories, how each conflict led to the next and why we need to know what it was like, including experiencing simulated trench fire combat .

But if you really want to go down in history, you can drive an M24 Chaffee, a tank used in World War II and the Korean War.

“To walk in, it changes your opinion of everything, because you walk in and you feel like this 18-year-old kid who’s storming the beaches of Normandy,” Collings said.

You can drive an M24 Chaffee tank to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson. (WBZ-TV)

To drive the chariot, you need to donate quite a lot. For more information, click here. There will be a demonstration on May 21. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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